Jared Leto is back to playing the character the was born to play; self-serious method actor/singer/Zoolander reject Jared Leto!
In preparation for his upcoming role in the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, Jared went all-in on playing an evil, blind robutt maker by blinding himself for the duration of the shoot. According to a recent interview with the film’s director Denis Villeneuve, didn’t nobody ask him to do all that.
Leto opted to wear specially designed contact lenses that made his eyes look opaque while simultaneously prohibiting visibility. It also required the Oscar winner to be guided around the set.
Denis Villeneuve says he wasn’t really expecting Jared to go that method.
“We all heard stories about Jared, how he transforms into the characters. But even this didn’t prepare me for what was to come,” said Villeneuve, who characterized some of Leto’s acting decisions as “insane.”
Jared is so extra, his director called him insane. Come on Jared, playing blind ain’t really that hard. Just channel Stevie Wonder and greet everybody you meet with a face waterfall. It really is that simple. No need to go overboard!
Still, Denis seemed quite taken with Jared’s extreme make-over. He said Jared brought “energy, tension and excitement” to the set, and then went on to give Jared Ye Olde Hollywood Handjob.
“He could not see at all. He was walking with an assistant, very slowly. It was like seeing Jesus walking into a temple,” he recalled. “Everybody became super silent, and there was a kind of sacred moment. Everyone was in awe. It was so beautiful and powerful – I was moved to tears.”
Tears of laughter, I hope. Here’s a look at creepy blind Jared Leto in Blade Runner 2049:
As we know, this isn’t Jared’s first time at Rodeo Of Self-Masturbatory Method Acting. He’s tortured his already tortured body with a number of Oscar-thirsty weight gains and losses, and tormented his Suicide Squad cast-mates with his I’m The Joker Now shtick. Whereas Joaquin Phoenix’s pseudo-performance art antics eventually fizzled out into a painfully dull middle age, Jared seems to really not get the joke. And in all honestly, I am here for it. Jared Leto is the role of a lifetime, and it’s insane and pretentious and laughably conceited and a whole lot of fun to watch. I say Jared, embrace your inner Brando, and don’t ever change!